This piece is part of the new series, New Pro? No Problem: The PRSA New Professionals Guide to Success.
Graduation is around the corner and the job search is on! But what happens after you secure your first gig? It is important to stay involved in professional organizations like PRSA even after graduation for continued professional development and networking. Here are three ways that you can get involved in your local PRSA Chapter:
A great way to get involved with your local Chapter is to join the board. This allows you to plan the best year yet for the local Chapter. Whether you want to be the historian or happy hour coordinator (like me), you are in a space where you can contribute ideas on programming and network closely with like-minded individuals.
If you’re not ready to be a board member yet, volunteering is a great way to start getting involved. There are fundraising events, award ceremonies and networking mixers that need planning and support. Contact your local Chapter to see how you can play a part.
Beth Lamb, Chief Marketing Officer at Ronald McDonald House Fort Worth (TX) said “it can be very easy to get involved with your local Chapter, and the easiest way is to simply attend Chapter programming. Get to know your fellow members and leadership board through the various events. If you are ready to serve the Chapter, ask. Boards always love to know who is ready and willing to fill committee chairs. If your schedule does not allow you to do more than attend programs, offer your ideas on luncheon topics or event programming.”
PRSA is a great way to enrich your professional life through networking and career development. “Plus, your involvement, no matter the level, is important to your growth and the growth of your local Chapter,” said Lamb. Find your local Chapter today at http://apps.prsa.org/network/chapters/find/results/list/all.
Jade Fails is a Baylor University public relations graduate. She is currently the Marketing Administrator at The Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth, TX.